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Desolate Room by Mbanefo Chibuike


We understand hatred for the first time when he puts his cold hands upon the one whom we love. Zikora’s hatred for me began when he found out I was responsible for mother’s death, when father told him he had sold everything he had to keep me alive. Enraged, Zikora cut himself out of the only picture we took with…

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A Kiss from the Devil by Wafula p’Khisa


  The heavy steel door flung open and one policeman in an oversized uniform entered. I had never seen that before; he must have sneaked into his boss’s uniform. So rather than worry about what horror awaited me, I laughed uncontrollably. He stood at a distance and sized me, perhaps wondering if I wasn’t ripe for Mathare Mental Hospital. The…

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Don’t Forget Me by Dika Ofoma


  Don’t Forget Me   Elozanam held his chest, taking in long breaths to calm his heart beats. He brought his clammy hands to his face letting the blood tickling off his thumb stream down his face. He’d expected that the bleeding would’ve stopped by now. However, It didn’t bother him and he still didn’t care that the blood was…

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A Late Tale of Bemusement by Madukwe Anthony


  I met your twin sister today and now I am confused. She looked and smiled like you. The crinkles you have by the side of your eyes – the ones that spread like 6 willow branches – were also in hers, squeezing her face into similar lines of beauty when she smiled. I walked up to her and hugged…

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Bro Chinua by Innocent Chizaram Ilo


  Mama never liked girls, especially the white ones that wore dark J’Lo goggles  and carried iBand (for that was what she called iPhone). I stood there gaping at the stranger that walked into the room with Bro Chinua. She was an exact depiction of the type of women Mama didn’t like. My muscles were stiff and limp. Mama feigned…

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A Quest For Justice by Fiona Khan


Sitting in a puny office at the Greyville Daily News building beside a man who reminded you of St. Nicholas, was indeed daunting.  There was in him a simple humility with a wily twitch of his left eye that reminded you nothing escaped his eye.  It felt like you were stepping into Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales surrounded by elves as…

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Harmattan Dust by Chukwuebuka Ibeh


                  The doctor left one morning and did not return again. His wife would later remember how she had woken up to the sound of swift breeze brushing past her ears and the voice of the maid shouting at the children that came to pluck mangoes in the compound, and how dusty…

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When Walls Break| Maureen Chinwe Onyeziri


    “You can do this. You are strong. You hear me?” Dilbar nodded as his father helped him into his school shirt. His heart was beating wildly in his chest, and he was sure the terror in his eyes was discernable. “Stop looking so frightened. This is an honor! Do you understand?” Dilbar nodded as his father finished with the last button.…

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Anabiosis| Imade Iyamu


2017 Today was the day we slept for one hundred years for the first time. The doctor read out the particulars of the cryo-contract to us again (as he was legally obligated to). Did we understand and agree to the terms and conditions? Yes. Did we accept to be placed in suspended animation, revived regularly every hundred years? Yes. Did…

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Just a Son| Aluka Igbokwe


Of all the days I thought I would leave my husband’s house, I never knew it’d be on a hot afternoon with the expiring sun blazing down in fierce anger and with the sky, cloaked in azure colour like a painter’s canvas littered here and there with dabs of fluffy white clouds.   I am outside with my belongings. My…

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